Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Anna and the Apocalypse
Director: John McPhail
Writer: Alan McDonald, Ryan McHenry
Cast: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye, Sean Connor, John Winchester, Euan Bennet, Ella Jarvis
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 21.9.2018
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Plot:
Usually nothing much happens in Little Haven. But this Christmas, zombies have found their way into town. As the town becomes quickly chaotic, Anna (Ella Hunt), her best friend John (Malcolm Cumming) and a few other high schoolers have to get across town to their high school where they hope to find safety.

Anna and the Apocalypse reads pretty much like your standard zombie film on paper. But it really isn’t standard at all – starting with the fact that it’s a musical and one of the most fun films I’ve seen in a while. It’s perfectly entertaining.

The film poster showing Ella Hunt raising a giant sharpened candy cane.

I know that musicals aren’t for everyone (though really, why would you not like musicals? I can’t understand – they are so different and the music is so different and… anyway), but I can hardly imagine that musicals can be so much Not Your Thing that you wouldn’t get a kick out of Anna and the Apocalypse anyway. It’s just such a fun film – I actually cried from laughter during the film.

We had a bit of a technical glitch during our screening and the image was gone for a while (they rewound the film, so we didn’t actually miss anything). And what could have been just annoying turned brilliant as the moment the image disappeared, one of the characters said “There’s no signal” and a little later, “The government will fix it” – a coincidence that pretty much had the audience doubling over from laughter.

Ella Hunt and Malcolm Cumming in the film.

Despite the emphasis of the comedic part (voluntarily and involuntarily), emotionally tough things happen here – and the characters were close enough to my heart that the sad parts also resonated with me. (And thankfully they didn’t go for the “kill your gays” trope for the sad stuff.)

The music is really good as well – I wanted to start singing along immediately, despite not knowing the songs beforehand. It’s just really good pop music that worms its way into your ears and stays there (there’s no such thing as Hollywood eeeeending). The choreographies felt a little simple at times, but I didn’t really mind.

Despite seeing a Christmas movie in September, which can feel a little weird, Anna and the Apocalypse created just the right mood and had me dancing.

Ella Hunt in the film.

Summarizing: great!

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